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running win8 as a vm

  1. #11


    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    If you have a .tib file already just try it and see -- can't do any harm.

    You need to create though an "initialised" virtual disk to restore the image to. Simply create a blank Virtual machine, boot GPARTED and create an Active partition. Now restore your .tib file FROM WITHIN THE VM. You'll need to create a bootable iso file which you can use as a virtual DVD device for booting from the VM. (Boot ACRONIS from WITHIN the VM).

    You might need to play around in the VIRTUAL BIOS for UEFI settings though -- you can boot UEFI or even NON UEFI OS'es as VM's even on NON UEFI hardware (or at least in the latest version of VMware --don't know about vbox though).

    Cheers
    jimbo

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  2. #12


    Why not put Windows 8.1 back on the original HP that it came on, and then do Run Windows 7 in a VM environment? If you installed Windows 7, you have a Windows 7 key and it should work in the VM as well. Just a thought...
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  3. #13


    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Here's another option which you can build a Virtual Windows 8 using VHD file.
    You'll need to download a 30-day trial of VmWare Workstation in order to build the vm. Once built, you can use free VM Player to run your Windows 8 vm,
    Here's the Video I made for this post:

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  4. #14


    Hi TopGun, I followed your video and when I come to the point of running the vm I get this.

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    i don't know if this is relevant but I also noticed a slight difference (from the video) when attaching the VHD file. the "icon" appears like it is unrecognised.

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    Perhaps i have created the VHD incorrectly??? When i look at the "Cloned" drive, there are 2 partitions, 1 = Windows

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    and 1 = recovery.

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    My VHD is of the "Windows" segment.

    Regards Wayne

    P.S. Nice video
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  5. #15


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    The last message I saw from the screen shot is Operating System not found. When backup Windows 8, did you click on the Macrium Reflect left pane as shown from the screen shot below ?

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  6. #16


    I honestly cant remember as I have done so many thing trying to get this to work.

    I have just tried to do it this way and I cannot see my external drive when I click on create an image of windows.......
    I must have used Arconis

    Wayne
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  7. #17


    San Jose - California
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    Hi Wayne,
    I think I know what the problem is. What I used in the Video is for 32-bit Windows 8.1 and installed with the legacy BIOS (32 bit does not support UEFI).
    I've noticed that you're running Windows 8.1 64 bit and was installed with UEFI.
    In the folder where you put the VHD file, there is a file with an extension .VMX, use notepad to edit this file and add a line as shown: firmware="efi"

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    Please let us know how it goes. Thanks

    EDIT: One more thing. After you got it running, from the menu, click on VM->Install VMware Tools:
    VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance of the virtual machine's guest operating system and improves management of the virtual machine. Although the guest operating system can run without VMware Tools, you would lose important functionality and convenience.
    Last edited by topgundcp; 07 Jun 2014 at 01:53.
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  8. #18


    Hi Topgun all I can say is THANKS.....

    editing that files has worked and I now have an operational Win8 VM..
    it has been a long and arduous battle but seems worth while.
    tomorrow I will put a step by step together of exactly what I did.

    Again thanks goes to you and other for assisting me with this..

    Regards Wayne
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  9. #19


    San Jose - California
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    I am glad that We could help and thank you for reporting back.
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